Women’s Shelter Director

Position Title: Women’s Shelter Director

Term: Two-year term

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours weekly

Position Summary

Natoaganeg First Nation is seeking a candidate to join its leadership team as Director of the Natoaganeg Women’s Shelter, scheduled to open in 2023. The shelter will provide emergency shelter, services and supports to women, their children and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community who are fleeing from intimate partner violence in Indigenous communities in New Brunswick. The Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, service delivery, and strategic plan of the organization. Initially this role will focus on facility and program development, transitioning to operational direction once the doors have opened. The position reports to the Band Manager, under the advisory of the Natoaganeg Women’s Shelter Advisory Committee.


  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of all phases of the shelter.
  • Ensure necessary policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.
  • Ensure the safety and confidentiality of the clients to limit risk and exposure.
  • Engage actively in community outreach and continuously maintain public awareness.
  • Support staff in crisis intervention and working with domestic violence victims.
  • Hire, train, and retain competent and qualified staff.
  • Provide staff supervision, performance assessment, and performance management.
  • Ensure the shelter facility is well-maintained including managing of repairs, sanitation, and regular upkeep.
  • Coordinate regular advisory committee meetings, and collaborate with the committee to set objectives with short and long-term planning, including strategic planning.
  • Maintain communications with the Advisory Committee concerning shelter needs and operations as necessary.
  • Develop, monitor, and maintain the shelter’s budget in line with the mission and strategy.
  • Provide accurate financial reporting as required.
  • Explore, initiate, and develop fundraising opportunities to generate revenue.
  • Ensure assets and resources are being managed in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Perform additional duties as requested by the Advisory board.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post-secondary degree in social work, nursing, business, education, or a related field.
  • Five years of relevant management experience.
  • An equivalent combination of relevant, education, training, and experience may be considered.
  • Experience working within First Nation communities and knowledge of culture and traditions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the barriers, challenges, and the dynamics of violence against women, children and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor, and direct staff.
  • Effective written and spoken communication skills, including comfort and experience with public speaking and meeting facilitation.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills; the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while ensuring accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated independent thinking, initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to function successfully both independently and within a team.
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, and to encourage teamwork and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with the community, staff, and partner agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and use information technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise revenue, including grant-writing, and to foster and maintain positive relationships with funders.
  • Commitment to staff and client privacy.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

Special Requirements

  • Successful Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Checks.
  • Proven ability to work within a team environment with respect to professionalism, cooperation, sensitivity and cultural awareness.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and be available to respond to urgent situations as required.
  • CPR Certification.
  • Proof of full COVID immunization.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Ability to speak the Mi’kmaq language is an asset.
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention training is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in program development is an asset.

Position Dimensions

Key Relationships:

  • Internal: Shelter Advisory Committee, Community programs,
  • External: Other Emergency Shelters, RCMP, Courts, Child & Family, Traditional Knowledge keepers
  • Budget Responsibilities: Effectively manage and report on expenditures within the parameters and conditions of the funding agreement.
  • Supervisory Responsibility: Effectively manage the performance of 9+ staff related to their respective

Geographical Location of Employees, Services, and Offices

Natoaganeg First Nation

Those interested in applying are asked to submit a resume demonstrating possession of the required qualifications and competencies for the position. Please clearly reference competition 2021-WS-1 and forward to [email protected] on or before December 15th, 2021. While we thank all who have applied, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews to occur early in the New Year.

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